Bed bugs?(3 posts)
Hi - Came home from vacation 2 weeks ago on Monday. Stayed at a friends home for the last 2 days of our vacation. In different hotels the previous week on a road trip. On Tuesday, the day after we got home, my husband woke up with a large number (about 20) bites on his right calf. 2 days later my daughter showed me 4 bites that she had an her arm. She was unsure as to when she was bitten. They both have had no further bites. I can't find any signs of bugs; no blood drops, no skin shed, no bugs. I am freaking out and haven't slept in my bed since my husband first told me he was bitten. I don't know if the bites he and my daughter received were from bed bugs or if they happened here or away. I have not been bitten and have not had previous bed bug problems. Is it possible that we have bed bugs? Would we have been bitten more than once since we've been back home? I'm exhausted and depressed from worrying about this situation and I'm not sure what to do. Can anyone advise me?
Bed bug bites, especially in people who haven't been previously exposed to them, can take up to nine days between the time the person is bitten and the time they show up.
It is possible that you were exposed to bed bugs while you were traveling, and your family was bitten there and the bites simply showed up later.
It is also possible that you accidentally brought a hitchiking bug home with you from wherever you came into contact with them.
It is also possible that the bites came from something else.
If you do have bed bugs, not sleeping in your bed is actually not a good idea. Bed bugs like to harbor close to their meals, and if their meals move, you run the risk of spreading the infestation in a wider area in your home, which makes the infestation harder and more expensive to treat.
At this point, I would read the FAQs on the main site--especially those about what to do if you suspect bed bugs. Squicky though it may be, you need to find out what bed bugs look like and where they harbor so that you can begin inspecting your home. Do keep in mind that early infestations can be hard to discover.
If you're not confident in your inspection, then you might look for a good pest management professional who has a lot of experience with bed bugs and who treats in your area. Get him or her out for a thorough inspection.
I'll cross my fingers that this is just a bed bug scare and that you didn't bring any hitch hiking bugs home with you. In that sense, if from this you learn that bed bugs exist and how to inspect hotel rooms when you're traveling to lessen the chances of bringing them home, then maybe you'll have lucked out across the board. Hang in there. Bed bugs can be beaten.
Thanks buggy. I'll look at the FAQ's and start a through inspection. We've got a pest professional coming in on Monday. Here's hoping we find nothing. I need a good night's sleep.
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